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05-27-2004, 08:19 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Son of Steinbrenner
i think if hartford loses this series he may have lost it. i like mcgill but this team needs a proven coach.
I don't agree. I think that if Hartford wins, the job is his. But even if Hartford looses, the job could be his still. Why the "proven" coach? Wasn't Ron Low "proven"? So was Campbell. So was Muckler. So was Sather himself. Granted, compared to the rest of these clowns, Q looks like Bowman & Al Arbour all rolled into one. However, at one point, the Hitchcocks of the worls were unproven as well.
McGill is building quite a resume for himself. He had great success in juniors. He has had great success in the AHL. The next logical step is the NHL. I think that some of us Ranger fans are a bit jaded after the Trottier experiment. However, I think that McGill comes with a better pedigree. He is a tough sob, not a pushover like Trotts was. He comes equiped with a defensive system that is tailor-made for today's NHL. He is not afraid to bench his top players. Him and Fotiu have made it a mandate that you either play their way or you do not play at all.
"Demitra didn't impress Martin, but Quenville made a great player out of him. And Q brought up plenty of young players--Bartecko, Handzus, Hecht, Reasoner, Nash, Nagy, Demitra, Corso, Salvador, Van Ryn, Johnson, Mayers, Low, Jackman, Backman, etc. "
Agreed. Q worked with some very good young players in his time in St. Louis. Granted, Kennan is mostly credited with turning Pronger's career around, but I think that over the last 6 years, Q has had something to do with making Pronger a perenial Hart & Norris candidate.
To me, McGill & Q are still 1 & 1A. I think that I am leaning towards McGill becuase I think that at this point his resume speaks for itself. He is making himself quite the hot commodity. We already lost out on Tortarella, let's not make the same exact mistake w/ McGill.
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